5th December, 2013

Sexual health charity FPA has welcomed a continued drop in the number of teenage pregnancies in England and Wales.

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show the number of pregnancies among women under 18 during the third quarter of 2012 was 6,529.

This was a 12.5% decrease on the same period in 2011.

FPA’s Director of Communications, Health and Wellbeing, Natika H Halil, said:

“With the lowest numbers recorded since 1969, the teenage pregnancy rate is proof of all the hard work of sexual health and education professionals, and the lasting legacy of the decade-long Teenage Pregnancy Strategy.


“However there is no room for complacency and we must focus more than ever on the provision of quality sex and relationships education and ensure local services are not jeopardised by changes to commissioning arrangements and funding cuts.

“While the figures are promising, we are still not at the levels recorded in comparable western European countries, so we must keep up the momentum.”


Teenage pregnancy